North Minneapolis billboard tells visitors: "STAY AWAY STAY ALIVE" [PHOTO]

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A billboard over the Dowling Avenue North exit on I-94 doesn't exactly welcome visitors into the North Side with open arms.

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The advertisement says, "STAY AWAY STAY ALIVE," with the Xcel Energy logo and banner printed in much smaller font in the top corner.

The reference, of course, is meant to be to power lines, not the area's reputation for violent crime

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jeremylunde
jeremylunde

If anyone truly believes that the billboard above is anything but an advertisement for Xcel Energy, you are a damn fool. 

Leo Gehlhoff
Leo Gehlhoff

We exited at Dowling last evening on our way to serve supper to 120 of the Freedom School scholars and parents at Kwanza Church. Lots of positive life there learning lessons we all would do well to know.

kennyX
kennyX

North Minneapolis is Beverly Hills compared to the south side of Chicago.

room4improve
room4improve

Okay people it was meant as humor!!! Nothing more, nothing less. I live in North Minneapolis, born there in fact. I just thought it was humorous given the reputation the north side has.
And yes, I am the one who took and posted the picture.

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

It is an advertisment people. WAKE UP! It is trying to save lives. The socialism in this country has to stop NOW..

Merete Larson
Merete Larson

From Camden, and lmao. North has a long reputation, built on FACTS not stereotypes and rumors. Get over it. And anyone blasting CP for bad reporting, I think you have them confused with a reputable, upstanding news source i.e., the NYT. Turn to them (CP) for the bartender of the week, concert listings, and ed ops about MN politics. Leave the rest to the pros

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

North Minneapolis is no more dangerous than asshats like you perpetuating stereotypes from behind a keyboard. 

Soulzafire
Soulzafire

North Minneapolis is still recovering from the Tornado of 2011. Granted this isn't the most safe area of town to live in but the press only focus of the negative side of this community. Maybe they should dig deeper and look for the positive stories that come from this community..

piersonchloe
piersonchloe

I live in NoMi and when I first saw this sign, I lol'd. There is a crap-ton of crime here, yes. But there's a crap-ton of nice people here, too. regardless, I'm pretty sure Excel didn't post this sign here with any hidden agenda... like someone else said- these signs are all over the city. But still- it's a little bit funny. So lighten up.

eatereater
eatereater

They should have put it up in south mpls.  They aren't doing so hot in the "stay alive" department this year. 

Ray Anderson
Ray Anderson

well it obviously worked ... you're all commenting LOL!!!!!!

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

OK, good to know that any advertising in any section of town now has alternate, ironic meanings. Got it.

Lisa Schreiber Skjefte
Lisa Schreiber Skjefte

Geez! Really? That billborad has nothing to do with North MPLS. I'd like to know where you are though so I can stay away from your midleading behavior!

Sean Mahowald
Sean Mahowald

I'll take my chances with the power lines. :::inserts tongue in cheek:::

Jimmy Vnuk
Jimmy Vnuk

Hilarious people take life wayyyy too serious

Gramma Margie
Gramma Margie

Well sure it means what it says....and I don't even live in MN

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

I think this is hilarious. I know the sign is for Xcel, but if you think North Minneapolis isn't dangerous, you're delusional.

Carla Mayer
Carla Mayer

Here we go again more reading into things...the PC police are out again.

mno86
mno86

I think people are far too sensitive. I read this and I thought it was quite funny (even though I know what's behind it is a serious, serious topic.)

There's no denying that North Minneapolis has higher rates of crime than a lot of places in the Twin Cities. Even if that's not the case in reality, it's the case in perception, and perception is equally as powerful as reality often times.

I know many of the residents of NoMi are working very hard to clean up the streets and are having pretty good successes doing it. There will always be crime - we're still a major metro area, but it is definitely safer now than it was when I moved here several years ago.

People need to cool it with the hypersensitivity. Same with those who are politicizing this. Don't make me get the spray bottle.

Jason Beach
Jason Beach

I love my North Minneapolis neighborhood.

Jennifer Wolf
Jennifer Wolf

Born and raised in N Mpls and I find this hilarious.

Eduardo Gallegos Parra
Eduardo Gallegos Parra

I lived in S. Minneapolis for 15 years, was rarely ever greeted on the street with a smile, felt like isolation, THEN I moved to N. Minneapolis and BAM within the first few days I have more greetings, smiles, hellos, how ya doin'?, what's up in those few days than I ever had in S. Minneapolis. We are a strong, diverse, smart community.

Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh

This is the most studid," Minnesota nice"confusion I've seen yet made by someone who's never been anywhere that was actually a "bad' neighborhood. No. Minneapolis is one of the safest , friendliest areas within many miles. Everytime I go there people are much friendlier and more decent than any other stuffy neighborhood in the area. Whoever put this sign up should be ashamed of their racism and strereotyping. You need to visit someplace that is actually a bad neighborhood. It's not the North side!

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

City Pages, u r successfully made North Mpls more more bad names by reporting sumptin like this. Ur intention is to be funny but not for ppl who happened to live in that area. Poor them that their houses' price fell down into such bad price, n nobody wants to live there.

apuhson
apuhson

Rupar, you are a tool.


Sandi Spars
Sandi Spars

WOW City Pages!! Horrible News Reporting!!! Way to post your own negative views on the rest of us!!!!

Tammy Oellien
Tammy Oellien

clearly a slow news day if this is creating so much reaction. not cool city pages.

Adam Wogen
Adam Wogen

This is among the stupidest things you've ever posted. And that says a lot.

Onan
Onan

@kennyX  - I hear it's the baddest part of town.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Chad Liljegren Congrats dumb guy on being afraid of socialism which is apparently a word you don't even understand.  

Jim E
Jim E

@Chad Liljegren Socialism? What the feck does socialism have to do with this?

Onan
Onan

@Merete Larson  - "The Blotter" is more of a news aggregation blog than an actual news agency. If you expect anything more from this blog, you may be delusional.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@David Gabriel Robinson its only dangerous if your a black male. pretty confident your cracker ass has nothing to fear...unles fear is your motivator

bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

@David Gabriel Robinson North Minneapolis is no more dangerous than asshats like you perpetuating stereotypes from behind a keyboard. 

Onan
Onan

@Eduardo Gallegos Parra  - You must have been in the wrong area of South Minneapolis.

lady.loki
lady.loki

@digitalprotocol  its only dangerous if you're a black male?  wtf is that suppose to mean I grew up there and I'm pretty sure it's dangerous for anyone whos in the wrong place at the wrong time!

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